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Old 01-02-2013, 01:27 AM   #1
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Where can a baby jeeper go to get the tires muddy?

I have had my jeep for two weeks. Yes, only 2 weeks. She's my first. I NEED to get the tires muddy but I have NO idea where to go.

I haven't ever driven off road myself. My husband and I vacation in eastern Oregon every year and off road the whole time but he's always driving.

I also hadn't driven a stick shift since 1996. And that was a flatbed truck during onion harvest. My jeep's clutch slightly more delicate than the onion truck. I will say that, after two weeks, I am better but I totally suck at first gear.

With that in mind, are there any places to go to for baby of roaders? Or virgin off roaders?

Do I need to buy a permit?

Honestly, I have no idea. I want to have fun but I want to do it right. I am not looking to go out and get stuck by trying something out of my skill range. I need to build confidence first. In myself and my jeep.

Any ideas for the Salem to Corvallis area??

I appreciate any comments! Mostly...

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about Salem but I'm sure there's allot just outside of Corvallis. I live in Eugene and there's allot of wheeling not to far from my house. Try going up logging roads like up near married peak or prairie mountain and there are a few trails up there off of those. I'm not sure of there all legal but you will need a permit if your wanting to go to an off road park. I would get one just to play it safe and that way you have it when you may want it, besides there not very expensive. You could also look for housing developments that didn't make it very far yet and you can crawl around on the carved up dirt. There's one accrosse from crossler middle school. Among many others in the south Salem area. Where in oregon are you?

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I'm in Salem. The husband works in Corvallis and I'll be driving down tomorrow to have lunch with him. So I am hoping for places between here and there. The housing developement thing is an idea. I'd probably get caught by the property owner or a city employee driving by.

I do like the logging road idea.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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I recommend you always go with someone with another 4x4. Especially if you're new. Getting stuck sometimes happens when you least expect it. Unless you have recovery gear and know how to use it, even light wheeling can turn unpleasant at the least, or worse. I've been wheeling a long time, and still consider myself a student of the craft.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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Why not head EAST towards Detroit.....Lots of Forest Service roads with logging roads off of them. Do a little exploring. Same if you can go West to the Coast Range..
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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TSF is an awesome playground! Browns Camp. Not to far from Salem but a lot of fun. Lots of snow this time of year as well.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:45 PM   #7
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I gotta agree with Chuck. Dont go by yourself until you got some experience on your side. Get recovery points on the rear if you dont have them already. Getting yanked out of a hole by your shackle is not cool.lol The front end you can just wrap a strap around til your better equipped. I havent got my winch mounted yet but I carry like 80 feet of rope/strap and a 20 foot chain, 8k come-along, 4k come-along, shovel, plasky and a squeegee for mud on the windows. I would suggest you start building your recovery collection asap if you plan on wheeling even lightly.. At least have your own tow strap before you head offroad. Im gonna go up prairie mountain soon but I dont know exactly when. Ill let you know when we have a date set and your more than welcome to join us...
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Excellent advise. I get so caught up with the excitement of a jeep I forget the basics of safety. I am a member of Marion Co search and rescue so I always have my survival pack but I didn't think about the jeep.

I will get started on a jeep survival kit!
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Yes jeep survival kit! Exactly! lol. I forgot to mention the fire extinguisher...
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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In the meantime, my mom has a baby tree stump that I drove a wheel up on. Got a couple of pictures. Pretty cheezie I'm sure, but I did it all by myself and it was FUN!
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Check out my profile pic... Thats the first thing I did with mine. Pull it up on a stump in my yard... I dont know your area at all. Your just dying to get off road, I know. Have you got your sticker yet? If my hose unfreezes today Ill get mine washed off and see more about this Prairie mountain run. Ive got about 800 pounds of mud on it now, it drives like crap and I cant see out anything but the windshield. Need to get it clean and give it a once over before I take it out again...
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:50 PM   #12
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You could check these folks out. Salem Jeepers Home If you don't mind attending one of their meetings they seem to let people wheel with them.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:36 PM   #13
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Check out my profile pic... Thats the first thing I did with mine. Pull it up on a stump in my yard... I dont know your area at all. Your just dying to get off road, I know. Have you got your sticker yet? If my hose unfreezes today Ill get mine washed off and see more about this Prairie mountain run. Ive got about 800 pounds of mud on it now, it drives like crap and I cant see out anything but the windshield. Need to get it clean and give it a once over before I take it out again...
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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Your Oregon ATV permit sticker. They are $10.50 at your local dirtbike shop. Definitely need one. Take your title or registration in with you and they will set you up. Can you make a prairie mountain run Sunday? Im thinking like 10am I will be cruising up there. Its out hwy 36 before Blachly I think. Horton road. Ive never been to the OHV area up there but I hunted up there as a kid... PM me and I will give you my phone number and stuff...
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #15
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OregonPlinker, sorry I didn't see this post before now! I don't want you to think I blew you off. Hope you had a great time.

I work weekends until April so it's hard to find people to wheel with during the week. Having said that, I need to get a recovery kit put together before I go out. A buddy of mine just gave me my very first Quadratec catalog so I'm well on my way to a list of things I need/want.

I'll be sure to msg you again when I'm better prepared. Thank you so much!
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I'm in Salem. The husband works in Corvallis and I'll be driving down tomorrow to have lunch with him. So I am hoping for places between here and there. The housing developement thing is an idea. I'd probably get caught by the property owner or a city employee driving by.

I do like the logging road idea.
There are lots of logging roads up in the Mary's Peak area west of corvallis. It is about a 30 min drive out from Corvallis. Between Salem and Corvallis is mostly private land until you get into the cascade range
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #17
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If my hose unfreezes today Ill get mine washed off and see more about this Prairie mountain run.
I have only hiked the Prairie Mountain area but seems like some good roads up in there! only about 15 min farther than Mary's Peak.

We are trying to organize some more runs from local Corvallis drivers as a lot of us can't always schedule in runs to Salem or farther.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/ostatejeeps/
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OregonPlinker, sorry I didn't see this post before now! I don't want you to think I blew you off. Hope you had a great time.

I work weekends until April so it's hard to find people to wheel with during the week. Having said that, I need to get a recovery kit put together before I go out. A buddy of mine just gave me my very first Quadratec catalog so I'm well on my way to a list of things I need/want.

I'll be sure to msg you again when I'm better prepared. Thank you so much!
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #19
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Scott's mills out of silverton has lots of playing areas, so does snow peak out of stayton. There's some pretty decent holes to get buried in. Should be plenty of first timer stuff as well. Look up "Salem Mud Slingers" on Facebook, its a group a buddy started. Lots of peeps there you can get all kinds of help with on different rig advice, and we try to plan meet and greets once a month, its just a hang out and meet new people type of thing. We try to plan runs when we can, no requirements except be respectful and keep topics legal on the group page.
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Keeks911,
We need to talk. I'm certain we know some of the same people and we can find some wheeling closer to Salem.

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